Police say suspect hid, grew pot in parents' former home
Published 8:41 am, Friday, April 4, 2014
MONROE -- Thomas Wolfe was right. You can't go home again.
A Monroe man is now being housed at the Bridgeport Correctional Center after he was allegedly found hiding out and growing marijuana in his parents' home after it was sold.
Jesse Berthe, 33, of 163 Cottage Street in Monroe, was arraigned Wednesday in Bridgeport Superior Court on a laundry list of charges after the new owner of the home told police that she found a man living there.
The woman, who hadn't moved into the home, told police on Monday that the man identified himself to her as Jesse Berthe, and told her that he is the son of the former owners.
Berthe was known to have three outstanding arrest warrants for him, including a fugitive from justice warrant from the Grafton County Sheriff's Office in New Hampshire, said Lt. Brian McCauley, the Monroe police spokesman.
When officers went to the Cottage Street address it appeared that no one was home, McCauley said, but a police canine found the suspect hiding.
He was arrested after a brief struggle but Berthe wouldn't tell officers his name, the police spokesman said.
"Officers on scene observed marijuana plants and numerous spent heroin folds throughout the house,'' McCauley said.Â A search and seizure warrant was obtained and officers seized various items used to cultivate marijuana, drug paraphernalia, packaging materials and several pills, he said.Â
Berthe was charged with being a fugitive from justice, illegal cultivation of marijuana, illegal manufacture, distribution or sale of prescription drugs, two counts of failure to appear in court, third-degree burglary, second-degree criminal trespass, criminal impersonation, interfering with an officer, possession of narcotics and possession of drug paraphernalia.
When he was unable to post bond, Berthe was transferred to the prison. He is scheduled to enter a plea to the charges on May 1, according to the state Judicial Department web site.